The spring blossoms of the Southland
are coming into their own right now at Mynelle Gardens on Clinton Blvd. Azaleas
are in full gear and the hyacinth is beginning to wind down.
has been here for a long time. Malone Kennedy is the Manager.
"Well it was Miss
Mynelle's private garden," said manager Malone Kennedy. "The city acquired it in about '79, the city of
Jackson bought it. It's been under city management since then."
The city does the maintenance, but the fund
raising arm for the garden, the Mynelle Gardens Botanical Society is in charge
of the finer points, like the statuary and new collections. And a new
collection being added this year is the Plants of the Bible.
Jo Nell Primos,
daughter of the Mynelle of the Gardens, says the Bible plants are to be
scattered throughout what is already here.
"Not wanting to change any aspect of
the gardens but to just work it into a Biblical garden," said Primos.
And what does that mean? Well, it means that you
can get a look at real plants you've read about in the scriptures and remember
from your Bible stories.
Zaccheus climbed a sycamore tree in the Gospels.
There's one here. Even the hyacinth shows up in the Bible. And more exotic
plants are either here or will be soon.
Like a Cedar of Lebanon that King
Solomon framed his temple with. And the Acacia Tree. It has very durable wood,
although some Mississippi insect seems to love its leaves, for right now, at
least. And others.
"Well something that was a
surprise to me, I didn't realize we could grow an olive tree that might even
produce in Mississippi," said Kennedy. "And we found out that just north of here in Canton
there's a lady that has a grove of olive trees."
"It's an ongoing project," added Primos.
And that means what is there today will be
growing and maturing. As more plants can be acquired they will be added in.
Mynelle Gardens has always been an oasis in the middle of the city, of quiet
and peacefulness and nature. Add in plants from the Middle East that we've read
about in the Bible and it will make the gardens just that much more of a
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